Femme Fatale or Fierce Woman Warrior?

Although written into Jewish tradition as a femme fatale, a demoness, a black widow, and a skull-crusher, Delilah, Lilith, Tamar, and Yael are far more complex personalities. Each week during this four-part series we'll pair the story of one of these unforgettable biblical women with midrash and poetry that shed new light upon her character. We will also reflect on what each of these women has to teach us, adding our own voices to the age-old tradition of wrestling with Jewish texts. Join feminist Torah scholar Sivan Rotholz as we consider, reconsider, and take a deep dive into the stories of four powerful women of biblical literature.

Sivan Rotholz is a professor of feminist Torah and creative writing and is pursuing rabbinic ordination from HUC-JIR. She has taught at Brooklyn College, Tel Aviv University, Hebrew Union College, Columbia/Barnard Hillel, Camp Ramah, Wexner Institutes, Moishe House, Pardes, and Ritualwell, and has shared her Torah in synagogues and living rooms across the globe. Sivan is passionate about gynocentric Torah (Torah that is centered on the stories and experiences of women), Jewish holidays, ritual, and community. She loves to help people discover those Jewish texts and practices that excite them, and believes deeply in making Judaism meaningful and accessible.

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